Planning a wedding can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be exhausting. It takes a lot of time, energy, and focus. If you are thinking about hiring a wedding planner, here are some pros and cons to consider before making the decision.
Wedding planners are professionals and have a wealth of knowledge in their field. They will introduce you to ideas you maybe wouldn’t have thought of on your own. They know the latest trends and are inspired daily by brides and professionals in the industry. Whether you know exactly what you want, have a slight idea, or none at all, they will help you create the wedding of your dreams.
Pro: Your wedding should be enjoyable, not stressful
Someone is there to support you and make sure everything runs smoothly. Your wedding planner will make sure everything goes to plan, so you can enjoy your day and have fun without all the stress.
Pro: You don’t want wedding planning to take over your life
Wedding planning takes a lot of time. If you both work, you may not have the time to focus on all the details of your wedding. There’s endless research, details to remember, and payments to make. Letting a wedding planner take care of all the details will allow you and your fiancé to enjoy the engagement process.
Pro: You’ll receive insider knowledge
Most planners have a network of vendors they work with regularly and trust. They will be able to find you the best, reliable professionals in the business and at better prices than you normally would find.
Pro: Your guests can relax
Without a wedding planner, many of the responsibilities fall on your Maid of Honor or family members. You want your guests to be able to enjoy themselves at your celebration. Also, if a dispute arises between family members, your wedding planner can serve as a mediator and leave you out of the dispute.
Con: It’s an additional cost
Wedding planners normally charge a fee around 15% of the total wedding budget. If budget is an issue, you might want to plan the wedding yourselves. You could also hire a day-of coordinator to handle all the details of the big day and save you a lot of money.
Con: You may feel detached from the experience
A wedding planner may leave you with a feeling of detachment. Since you aren’t planning everything, you may feel like you missed out on creating the wedding of your dreams.
Con: You don’t have all the control
If you are a control freak, it might be difficult for you to take a back seat and let others make decisions. Access your personality type and decide whether or not you are able to relinquish some control.
Con: A DIY wedding may feel more personal
If you are up for a DIY wedding, there are thousands of creative ideas to choose from on Pinterest, Etsy, DIY Network, and The Knot. By creating things yourself, every detail will be made to your exact specifications.
Having a wedding made up of personalized details that you and your fiancé create together can be a truly special and rewarding experience.
Con: You may not connect with your wedding planner
You have to deal with your wedding planner on a daily basis. You may not get along with them and feel like they are pushing unwanted ideas on you. Ironing out every tiny detail with them may get annoying.